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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Rebecca Wear Robinson's Blog Posts Tagged 'International' (7)

Happy International Water Safety Day!

Happy International Water Safety Day!  Did you know that today, May 15, is International Water Safety Day?  The members of the U.S. Congress know, because a group representing drowning prevention efforts in the U.S. is meeting with them today to alert them to the hidden epidemic of…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 15, 2013 at 10:17am — No Comments

Update on Global Initiatives

I’ve highlighted several initiatives in the past few months.  Time for an update.

1.  Petition to the United Nations:  Add Drowning to Millennium Development Goal #4, Reduce…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 9, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

End drowning with 3 words.

How do we end drowning?  We change people’s behavior around water. 

How do we change behavior?  We change intrinsic motivation, how someone acts even if no one else is around. 

How do we change intrinsic motivation?  Tell people what to do.  Motivate people to do the right thing.  Make it easy…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 21, 2012 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Change like kids.

I was reminded time and again this week of why I like kids.  That is not to say that I would ever return to middle school, even on pain of death.  That is not to say that I think kids should rule the world and parents and adults should not be making the tough decisions and sticking with them.  It is to say that if we listen to our kids it can be a good reminder of the…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 8, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

Africans are the best swimmers.

For many years, conventional wisdom has held that blacks can not swim.  (I use the term ‘black’ to apply to anyone of African descent.  The term is meant with respect to encompass the broad range of cultures descending from the African continent)  A widely discredited academic report years ago stated that the physiology of a black person leads to their sinking…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 12, 2011 at 5:58pm — 2 Comments

Vietnam - International Drowning Prevention Conference

 

I am participating in the International Drowning Prevention Conference in Vietnam next week.  There will be over 400 participants from 50 countries gathering together to share information, to learn - and to develop a global platform regarding preventing drowning.

 

It is my fervent hope that this platform be…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 4, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Let's make some noise!

Accident (noun) - 1.  an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap.  2.  an event that happens unexpectedly, without deliberate plan or cause.

 

Accidents happen every day.  1065 children accidentally drown every day.  This means that roughly, 10,650 children ‘almost’ drown every day and many are permanently damaged and require lifetime care.  Let’s put…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 24, 2011 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

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